Akeredolu: Debunk News of Governor’s ill health – Ondo Govt.
Mr Abdullahi, at a meeting with APC state chairmen in Abuja on Monday, had reportedly described Mr Akeredolu’s health condition as “extreme incapacity.”
“In the same vein, we regret to announce the extreme incapacity of the governor of Ondo State, who we understand has been hospitalized overseas,” Mr Adamu was quoted in some newspapers as saying.
“We wish and pray for him for a speedy recovery.”
While reacting to the claim, the Ondo State Government said the party chairman’s remark was taken out of context, insisting that the governor, who is on medical treatment abroad, is not incapacitated.
The state Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, in a statement on Tuesday, raised concerns with the headline in one of the reports: “Akeredolu in State of Extreme incapacity, hospitalized.”
She said the headline: “bore a tinge of the usual mischievous, wicked and insensitive reportage, sponsored by desperate politicians.”
The commissioner said the APC chairman in Ondo State, Ade Adetimehin, who attended the meeting, had debunked the report as untrue and totally disconnected from the statement of the chairman at the event.
She said Mr Adamu was instead excited by information he received on the pace of recovery of the governor and urged all those present at the meeting to pray for his quick return.
“It, therefore, smacks of mischief and unabashed abandonment of professional ethics for a reporter to present this gross misrepresentation, a mischievous twist, as news,” she noted.
“At no time did the chairman mention that the Governor was in a state of ‘extreme incapacity’. He is, evidently, not in any critical state that should warrant this clearly reprehensible conduct as he still sent a post to the Executive Council Committee platform yesterday.
“Mr Governor is not incapacitated. He will return to his duty as soon as the doctors certify him fully fit to do so.”